Archive for July, 2012

It’s What I always Do

Posted in Poetry with tags , , on July 20, 2012 by belfastdavid

I sit outside the coffee shop
drinking a coffee,
smoking a cigarette.

Except I don’t smoke any more
so the cigarette
is an illusion.


Rough Drafts

Posted in Poetry with tags , on July 14, 2012 by belfastdavid

This poem was written in response to an exhibition, with the same title, in the Stanley and Audrey Burton Art Gallery at Leeds University.
But I suspect you will be able to understand what I am saying without seeing the exhibtion.


Rough Drafts

Hockney argues
that we need to learn to draw
before we can learn to paint.

I look at rough drafts
around the Gallery,
understand better
the process of making art.

It is no different really
from the process of making poems.

Sometimes we need to erect
the scaffolding
before we can make the poem.
We need to learn
to differentiate
between scaffolding and poem.

Similar it would seem
with painting –
draw the grid,
mark out the squares,
define the points
of reference
and only then
make the art.

There Are No Such Things As Seagulls – now released

Posted in Poetry with tags , , on July 7, 2012 by belfastdavid

My new book has now been released by Valley Press.

It is available to purchase via Amazon

It can be ordered in any branch of Waterstones

And it is of course available from Valley Press –

An e-book version will be available in the near future